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For thousands of years, people around the world have sought out wild ginseng as a natural stimulant.

For thousands of years, people around the world have sought out wild ginseng as a natural stimulant. (View larger version)

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  • The East and West Branches of the Delaware River converge in Hancock, NY and flow 28 miles south to Callicoon, NY.

  • The Delaware River spans five states and is the longest free-flowing river in the eastern part of the U.S.

  • Eels prefer to travel during dark and stormy nights.

  • Freshly caught eels are often kept in live boxes to get rid of any muddy flavor.

  • The people of Indiana have been called Hoosiers for over a hundred and fifty years.

  • The Chicken of the Woods mushroom grows in clusters and can have up to 50 overlapping caps in a single cluster.

  • The 2001-2002 mushroom crop in the U.S. totaled 851 million pounds.

  • Most of the American ginseng exported from the U.S. goes to Hong Kong.

  • Martinez, CA is the birthplace of New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio.

  • California has approximately 33 million acres of forest.